The start of the Drew Stanton era didn’t, uh, go so well for the Lions.
Stanton committed four turnovers and didn’t make it through his first NFL start Sunday in San Francisco, giving way to Daunte Culpepper in the fourth quarter. Stanton completed 11 of his 21 passes for 130 yards, but he threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. He isn’t the first player to struggle in his first NFL start, but it wasn’t the showing the Lions were hoping for after giving him the entire week to practice with the first team.
I hope the Lions don’t make a final judgment on Stanton based on one start, but he didn’t give them many positive plays to project from.
The good news for the Lions is that they strengthened their hold on the No. 2 overall pick of the 2009 draft. They’re the only two-victory team in the NFL, and they’ll pick no lower than No. 4 pending the NFL’s final calculations of strength of schedule.